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  1. Arizona hospital introduces GPS-guided spine surgery robot — 5 highlights

    Carondelet Neurological Institute in Tucson, Ariz., acquired a robot for complex spinal fusion surgeries, Chamber Business News reports. By Angie Stewart -
  2. IBJI opens sports medicine facility offering same-day access — 4 things to know

    Des Plaines-based Illinois Bone & Joint Institute opened a new sports medicine facility Jan. 6, the independent, physician-owned practice announced. By Angie Stewart -
  3. Medicrea clinches 7 new patents for spine surgery platform — 5 insights

    Medicrea gained seven key patents for its UNiD Adaptive Spine Intelligence proprietary software platform from the U.S. Patent Office, the company announced Jan. 6. By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Medicare's bundled payments cut joint replacement spending by 1.6% — 5 study takeaways

    Researchers found that Medicare's voluntary bundled payments for joint replacement surgery lowered spending without compromising quality, Health Affairs reports. By Angie Stewart -
  2. 4 pillars of Stryker's growth strategy from CEO Kevin Lobo

    Since Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo took the helm in 2012, the company has nearly doubled revenues. Mr. Lobo discussed his strategy at the Chief Executive's Healthcare CEO Summit earlier this month. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Dr. Peter Asnis leaves Mass General to become medical director of HSS Florida: 4 details

    New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery hired Massachusetts General Hospital Chief of Sports Medicine Peter Asnis, MD, to lead the medical team at its campus in Florida. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Wisconsin health system settles orthopedic surgeon's kickback violation allegations for $10M: 5 details

    Milwaukee-based Agnesian HealthCare and its physician group will pay $10 million to settle a whistleblower suit brought by orthopedic surgeon Clark Searle, MD, alleging the health system paid kickbacks and other financial incentives for patient referrals, according to the Fond du Lac Reporter. By Laura Dyrda -
  1. Anika Therapeutics acquires 2 orthopedic-facing companies — 5 insights

    Joint preservation and regenerative therapies company Anika Therapeutics acquired a pair of companies in the orthopedic space. By Eric Oliver -
  2. Researchers design robotic belt for patients with spinal cord injuries — 6 things to know

    New York City-based Columbia University School of Engineering researchers developed a robotic trunk support device to improve core control in patients with spinal cord injuries, Verdict Medical Devices reports. By Angie Stewart -
  3. Arkansas hospital adds 1st neurosurgeon in years, 2nd to follow

    Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, in Rogers, added neurosurgeon Alex Castellvi, MD, to its staff and plans to add another neurosurgeon this July, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports. By Eric Oliver -
  4. Sports medicine group splits, joins competing hospitals

    Norman-based Oklahoma Sports Orthopedic Institute joined St. Louis-based SSM Health, but not all of its providers made the switch.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Surgeon joins Arkansas neurosurgery practice

    Alejandro Castellvi, MD, and nurse practitioner Paula Stephens joined Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery in Rogers, Ark., according to Arkansas Business. By Rachel Popa -
  2. 9 orthopedic, spine surgeons join Nebraska group

    MD West One in Omaha, Neb., will welcome nine orthopedic and spine surgeons in March, according to a report in the World-Herald.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Outpatient spine surgery: 8 things to know heading into 2020

    Spine surgery in ASCs is becoming more common as procedures become less invasive and payers are more willing to reimburse for spine cases in the outpatient setting. By Eric Oliver and Laura Dyrda -
  4. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Chicago Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine merge practices

    Chicago Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine joined the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, an independent orthopedic practice, Jan. 1. By Rachel Popa -
  5. Campbell Clinic readies to open surgical suites

    Germantown, Tenn.-based Campbell Clinic will open the surgery suite in its new practice Jan. 6. By Eric Oliver -
  6. Stryker, Wright Medical face FTC scrutiny over $4B merger: 4 details

    Stryker's proposed merger with Wright Medical is facing additional scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, a Jan. 2 SEC filing shows. By Angie Stewart -
  7. Surgeon pioneers spinal surgery with custom implants in Mississippi — 4 highlights

    Orthopedic spine surgeon Edward Smith, MD, performed Mississippi's first surgery using a patient-specific spinal rod implant, according to a Jan. 2 press release from Rush Health Systems. By Angie Stewart -
  8. Spine industry trends in new technologies and market challenges

    This article is a portion of a book titled "Challenges, Risks and Opportunities in Today's Spine World " edited by Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, and Richard Fessler, MD. You can find links to the previous chapters at the end of this article. By Chris Duneske and Brad Rummer -
  9. SASpine opening 2 new Texas locations — 3 insights

    San Antonio-based SASpine will open two new locations in Houston early this year. By Eric Oliver -

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